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Former teacher charged with sexual battery in Mississippi faces a similar charge in Louisiana


VIDALIA, Louisiana — A former Mississippi coach has turned himself in to authorities in Louisiana where he was booked on a charge of molestation of a juvenile.

The Natchez Democrat reports ( 28-year-old Brett A. Hinson of Natchez turned himself in at the Vidalia Police Department Tuesday.

Hinson, the former assistant football and baseball coach and physical education teacher at Cathedral High School in Natchez resigned June 1. He was arrested by the Natchez Police Department on a charge of sexual battery June 9.

The Mississippi arrest followed a complaint report filed with the police alleging a female Cathedral High School student had told her parents she and Hinson had kissed and he had touched her inappropriately.

Vidalia Assistant Chief Bruce Wiley said the Louisiana charge followed after a similar complaint was filed last month.

"It was the same victim and the same circumstances, it just happened over here," Wiley said.

Hinson was detained at the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office on a $90,000 bond.

In Mississippi, sexual battery is a felony and carries up to a 30year prison sentence and as much as a $10,000 fine.

The Louisiana charge could carry a prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of as much as $5,000.

The law allows, however, a penalty of up to 20 years and a $10,000 fine when the offender, "has control or supervision over the juvenile."

Information from: Natchez Democrat,

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